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Week 2 Response: Christopher Danielson

Blog post: What counts as a math question


It took a lot of digging before I found a blog post that really inspired me to think deeper into the content. A lot of Christopher’s blog posts relate to younger mathematics which, being a secondary school teacher, is less appealing to me. When I came across his blog post on what counts as a math question, I felt that the issue of that relates to any year of math and is a good thing to keep in mind when going into any classroom, or talking about math with anybody of any age. I think that this also goes to show just how deep people’s misconceptions about math really are. It’s our job as math teachers (and parents eventually) to help connect the dots between “math class” and real life. There should only be one type of math problem. One of my other professors has defined this in an excellent way; He describes them as a mathematical task which consists of a situation and a question. If math in schools was presented mainly in this way, then perhaps we could help overcome the difference that people seem to see between equations and scenarios in which we can apply those equations.


About Nicole Bencze

I am an awesome newish math teacher who calls Delta School District her home. I'm crazy in love with math and there's no place in this world I'd rather be than in a classroom showing my kidlets how amazing it can be! Outside of teaching I'm quite the coffee addict and I live inside the fandom universe falling in love again and again with Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Mortal Instruments, Twilight, Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Game of Thrones, Sherlock, Doctor Who, and a ton more. My cat is my best friend and I'm way too invested in TV shows!

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